when responsibilities hit you – how to survive university

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it is only my second semester but I feel like I already learned the hard way that uni isn’t what it seems like. as always films don’t depict reality. uni is not all about sleeping in, pondering whether to go to class and just having fun –  it is hard work. so here is what I have learned so far and what will help you to get through uni (if you stick to my “survival guide”).

1 make yourself a plan – planning your week or even your whole semester is one of the most important ways to make sure that you are not putting yourself under too much pressure. make sure what you have to do in order to keep up with the classes content and be aware of all the deadlines. they come faster than you think. don’t underestimate time and try sticking to your plan. avoid time pressure at all cost.

2 got out of the house to study – one of the things that I still have put more effort in is getting out of the house to study. if you have a day off or are free on the weekends, get out of your apartment/house, there is no way that you’ll be productive. I tend to just not do anything when I am in my apartment, everything seems more important than studying. get up, get ready and leave your house. pay your uni’s library a visit and you’ll probably get more done than you would have thought. being in an environment where other people are studying as well helps to stay focussed.

3 use free periods productively –  if you are lucky enough to have a free period between classes use it to be productive. you would probably want to use that time to take a break, which is of course totally fine. but try to keep working because you are already able to focus.

4 get things done in advance – don’t leave things till the last-minute. don’t try to convince yourself that you’ll have plenty of time later on. use to every bit of time that you can find. get things done in advance and they will be gone and you’ll have time to do something else or even be able to enjoy some free time.

5 ask for help – learn in groups – probably one of the most important things, ask for help. get out of your comfort zone and admit that you don’t understand something. you for sure are not alone and studying in groups is way more fun than despairing on your own. having someone there that is able to encourage you is a huge help.

6 work out – not only will it help you to have a better and deeper sleep it will also make you a lot happier. endorphins !!! whenever I am able to find the time or make sure to put it into my weekly plan I feel achieved and more awake. not only will your body benefit from you working out it will also improve your ability of learing and remembering things.

7 turn off your phone – turn off your phone. one of the biggest distractions is my phone, looking at it every time that I am bored or even unconsciously turns into a half an hour instagram or even worse an hour-long session of youtube. just turn it off and yes you’ll be able to survive that.

8 eat and drink –  make sure to eat and drink a lot of water, your brain and body need fuel to function.

9 take a break and have fun – don’t put yourself under too much pressure. find a balance between uni and your free time. life isn’t all about university. after all your twenties are there to find yourself, to try out new things and to just enjoy life.

10 remember why – being aware of why you wanted to go to university in the first place is the number one thing that will help you to be discipline and work hard. set yourself a goal and work hard to achieve it. I am currently in a phase of doubt. as a perfectionist this is something that bothers me a lot because although I am doubting myself and don’t want to give up. if you ever feel drowned by your worries visualize your goal and the reason of you studying – remember why.

 

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when responsibilities hit you – how to survive university

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